Ulysses pays more attention to female breasts as sources of milk than as sites of sexual arousal. In their first chapters, both Stephen and Bloom associate women's mammary organs, unflatteringly, with those of animals. While both Bloom and Molly think of the sexual pleasures that breasts can afford, and Molly of the discomforts, the book takes a resolutely biological approach to this feature of the mammalian body.

JH 2017

The Milkmaid, oil painting by Jan Vermeer, ca. 1658, held in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Source: